Travelling to college

We encourage our students to use alternative modes of transport other than cars. By doing this we are aiming to reduce the amount of traffic as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle and living environment.

Cycle racks are located outside the main building at the College. Students travelling to the College by bicycle from local areas can plan their route by visiting the Guildford Borough Council website.

Motorbike spaces are also available in the car park at the College.

The College can be reached via several routes, including the A3 and A31. There is a designated student car park on-site, which provides free parking.

The parking is monitored by a management company and fines are issued for parking infringements. Students and staff must register their details on the UKPS parking portal and information about this is on ALO and also available from Reception, and Advice and Admissions. Students may only park in the designated Student Car Park and only during College hours. Staff have their own designated car park, which is monitored all year.

Visitor parking is available opposite the College main entrance steps and all visitors must record their registration details at Reception to avoid incurring a penalty charge.

Parking Locally

The majority of the roads locally have restricted parking. Alternative parking is available at the Spectrum Leisure Centre (free parking) or the Lido, at a charge of £5 per day.

Park and Ride Facilities

There are several park and ride facilities in the Guildford area with services operating quite regularly (every few minutes). The park and ride buses drop passengers off at the Friary shopping centre. Sites around Guildford include:

  • The Spectrum
  • Merrow
  • Artington
  • The large car park at the rear of Guildford main line railway station

Buses depart every 15-20 minutes from the Friary Bus Station in Woodbridge Road and takes just 5 minutes to get to Guildford College. Buses run to the Guildford Friary Bus Station from all local area. The earliest buses start at about 7:30am and the latest bus (which runs to the Spectrum) is at 11:10pm. Full details are available on the Surrey County Council website.

View bus timetables

View bus services

Trains for Guildford College stop at London Road Station, which is a five-minute walk and the main Guildford Station, a 20-minute walk away. Students can travel by bus to the College from the main Guildford Station.

Student train and bus fare cards

If you are under 19, study at Guildford College and live in Surrey (excluding London Boroughs) you can apply for a Student Fare Card. These cost £25 and entitle you to a third off travel on trains and to travel on Surrey buses for the under 16s fare on single and return tickets only. Visit the Surrey County Council website to find out more.


If you are aged 16-25 and travelling by train, you may benefit from the Young Persons Rail Card by National Rail.

If you are aged 16-17 and travelling by train, you may benefit from the 16-17 Saver Card by National Rail.

If you are aged 17-18 and travelling by train, you may benefit from the Surrey 17-18 Train student fare card by Surrey County Council.

Stagecoach Bus Tokens for Supported Learning Students

Supported Learning Students from Guildford College can get bus tokens from the Student Services Team at the College, to aid in confidence building and independence. The National Transport Bus tokens have been kindly donated by Stagecoach.

Support with travel

If you are finding it hard to meet the costs of travelling to college, you may be able to get a travel bursary, depending on your situation. For more information on bursaries, to check if you’re eligible, and how to apply, please contact our Advice and Admissions team or see our Fees, funding and bursaries page.

Located in the heart of Guildford

  • Address
    Guildford College, Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1EZ, United Kingdom

Opening Times

  • Monday 8am–9pm

  • Tuesday 8am–9pm

  • Wednesday 8am–9pm

  • Thursday 8am–9pm

  • Friday 8am–6pm

  • Monday 8:30am–5pm
  • Tuesday 8:30am–6:30pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am–5pm
  • Thursday 8:30am–6:30pm
  • Friday 8:30am–4pm